re·​mis·​sion | \ ri-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce remission (audio) \

Definition of remission

1 : the act or process of remitting
2 : a state or period during which something is remitted

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Synonyms & Antonyms for remission


absolution, amnesty, forgiveness, pardon, remittal


penalty, punishment, retribution

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Examples of remission in a Sentence

The patient is in remission. a temporary remission of symptoms He was given remission for good behavior.
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The transplant put the man’s cancer in remission, and the cells that were altered to resist HIV are still working 19 months later. Washington Post, "A gene-editing first: scientists tried CRISPR to fight HIV," 11 Sep. 2019 Fortunately, Centeno’s cancer is now in remission, Beck said. Lauren Weber, Scientific American, "Fetal Scans and Mammograms—There’s a Groupon for That," 7 Sep. 2019 The best moment of the season, though, came in August, when Renee underwent her last radiation treatment and was officially declared in remission. Jon Tayler,, "Yankees' Cameron Maybin Honors Mother's Battle With Cancer in Resurgent Season," 2 Sep. 2019 In June, Lisa Sayers’ cancer returned after 11 years of being in remission. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "A year after officials called off search for hiker Sam Sayers, her mother is still looking," 23 Aug. 2019 Her attorney, Geoffrey Carr, said Li had two surgeries and chemotherapy treatment, but is now in remission. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "The Hillsborough heiress accused of having her ex-boyfriend killed is on trial for murder. Here’s what you need to know," 19 Aug. 2019 Though the mother of seven is in remission now, other members of the Brown clan have recently struggled with illness, depression, and addiction. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Rain Brown Admits Her 'New Life' Has Been ‘Very Challenging’," 18 Aug. 2019 Following a painful and terrifying battle with breast cancer, Shannen Doherty is now in remission. Aili Nahas,, "BH90210’s Shannen Doherty Says She’s Still Learning to Accept Her Body Post-Breast Cancer," 14 Aug. 2019 Harrington took a leave of absence from professional golf last year to care for his wife, whose cancer is in remission. Staff And Wire Reports,, "Bo Hoag claims title, Portland’s Scott Harrington earns PGA card as WinCo Foods Portland Open wraps up at Pumpkin Ridge," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of remission

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remission

Middle English remissioun "release from obligation, forgiveness," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French remissiun, borrowed from Latin remissiōn-, remissiō "sending back, release, abatement, cancellation (of a debt)" (Late Latin, "forgiveness, as of sins"), from remittere "to send back, release, relax, waive (a debt, punishment)" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at remit entry 1

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The first known use of remission was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of remission

: a period of time during a serious illness when the patient's health improves
formal : the act of reducing or canceling the amount of money that you owe
British : the reduction of a prison sentence


re·​mis·​sion | \ ri-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce remission (audio) \

Kids Definition of remission

: a period of time during a serious illness when there are few or no symptoms


re·​mis·​sion | \ ri-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce remission (audio) \

Medical Definition of remission

: a state or period during which the symptoms of a disease are abated cancer in remission after treatment — compare arrest, cure entry 1 sense 1, intermission

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re·​mis·​sion | \ ri-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce remission (audio) \

Legal Definition of remission

: the act or process of remitting

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